We left Playa Blanca and, thankfully, Sentido H10 White Suites Boutique Hotel (see Part I: https://wordpress.com/post/happilyhiggledy.wordpress.com/63) to head to Hotel Barceló Teguise Beach in Costa Teguise (€132/room/night, half board; become a my Barceló member for a 5% voucher). A quick €5 taxi ride to the bus station and then about another €5 and one change got us there within an hour. If you’re staying at a Barceló hotel in Teguise, note that there are three, so make sure you get off at the right one!
The staff will do their best to be accommodating, but the level of English does vary. We weren’t told about the activities on arrival (they have stretching, Pilates and Spanish classes, among others), but when we found out they were available we asked where in the hotel they were and were given directions towards the aquarium in Costa Teguise. In fact, they seemed to send people to the gym for the activities, but note that they’re not there either – head to the archway near the lifeguard.
The hotel room was lovely and spacious, but we did see another suite that was much smaller (but the same price). There was a hot tub on the balcony, but note that you won’t have privacy when using it as you’re likely to be overlooked by someone.
The food was also nice, with a large selection that varied every day. They also have gluten-free options – just ask one of the waiters.
A choice of two outdoor pools is on offer, and there’s also a small but warmer one in the spa that’s like descending into a secret underground lagoon, with blue lighting adding tranquility. At €10/day for use of the spa I’d recommend this, especially if it turns a bit colder. We had the steam room, sauna, pool and showers to ourselves when we went.
A walk down the promenade is pleasant and there are plenty of places to eat. My favourite restaurant around the area was Cesare Ristorante Italiano near the high street (gluten-free options available).
The second part of the week proved that winter sun isn’t guaranteed. Yes, this will apply anywhere, but if you’ll be disappointed if you don’t go back with a tan, maybe choose somewhere further afield. We hired a car for a couple of days from a company next door to the hotel (€30/day inc. insurance) and it was possible to leave it at the airport for an extra €2. The Bodegas El Grifo vineyard and museum is worth a visit if you’re a wine enthusiast, Mirador del Rio for breath-taking views, the cacti gardens for cacti, and the Fundación César Manrique for art-lovers and architects. From the look of the water park and reviews of it, I’d say that’s one of the destinations that should be missed. There was also a small market on in Teguise and a relatively expensive restaurant that caters well for vegetarians (Restaurante Hesperides).
Lanzarote is ‘Lanzagrotty’ no more. Although there aren’t many sites on the island and they can be seen in a couple of days, if you’re looking for somewhere warmer to simply relax before Christmas, I’d trotty off to Lanzarote.